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The new RBC ION, and ION+ Visa cards will help Canadians supercharge Avion points through daily spend. While the new ION Visa card is a no-annual fee card with modest earn rates of 1.5 Avion points for most daily expenses, the ION+ is the real star with 3x earn on Groceries, food delivery, restaurants, gas, EV charging, streaming etc. Let’s look at the detailed benefits on each of the cards;

Visa RBC ION+ : Apply Now 

 

 

  • Annual Fee: $48 (charged as $4 each month)
  • Welcome Bonus: 12,000 Avion points (Apply by November 30, 2022)
  • Earn Rate:
    • 3x Avion points for $1 spent on ;
      • Grocery, Dining & Food Delivery
      • Rides (incl. daily public transit, and rideshares), Gas & EV Charging
      • Streaming, Digital Gaming & Subscriptions
    • RBC Rewards point for every dollar spent
  • Additional Benefits: 
    • 3-month complimentary DashPass subscription – Enjoy $0 delivery fee on DoorDash by simply linking the RBC card to the account
    • Link RBC card with a Petro-Points membership to instantly save 3₵ per litre on fuel at Petro-Canada stations and earn 20% more Petro-Points and 20% more Avion points
    • Insurance Coverage:
      • Purchase Security & Extended Warranty Insurance
      • Mobile Device Insurance included – up to $1,000

Refer to RBC page for up to date offer terms and conditions

Visa RBC ION  – Apply Now 

 

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Welcome Bonus: 6,000 Avion points (Apply by November 30, 2022)
  • Earn Rate:
    • 1.5x Avion points for $1 spent on ;
      • Grocery
      • Rides (incl. daily public transit, and rideshares), Gas & EV Charging
      • Streaming, Digital Gaming & Subscriptions
    • RBC Rewards point for every dollar spent
  • Additional Benefits: 
    • 3-month complimentary DashPass subscription – Enjoy $0 delivery fee on DoorDash by simply linking the RBC card to the account
    • Link RBC card with a Petro-Points membership to instantly save 3₵ per litre on fuel at Petro-Canada stations and earn 20% more Petro-Points and 20% more Avion points
    • Insurance Coverage:
      • Purchase Security & Extended Warranty Insurance

Refer to RBC page for up to date offer terms and conditions

Redeeming Avion Points

    • Avion Points earned with ION and ION+ cards convert to WestJet Dollars or Avion, 1:1
    • Redeem for all types of travel including flights, additional fees and other travel options using this simple conversion 172 points = $1 CAD
    • Use points to pay bills and card balance,  172 points = $1 CAD
    • Redeem for Gift Cards 140 points = $1 CAD

Take Away

Purely on accelerated earn rate, the RBC ION+ card definitely demands attention, for families that seek to maximize Avion points towards everyday redemptions like paying bills. The low (or no) annual fee card is a feature that will also appeal to many that are looking to keep their costs low, and earn rates high.